Knicks GM Scott Perry has a big decision to make by Monday as C Joakim Noah returns from his 20-game suspension, and a roster spot must be made for him.
There are two options that Perry can administer: 1) Trading a player to make room for Noah, or 2) waiving a player. It was reported that the Knicks were looking to shop Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who finally got his first game action last night. The Lakers, Cavaliers, and Hawks all had interest in Kuzminskas in the 2016 offseason.
If Perry can't strike a deal, he will be forced to waive a player to make room for Noah, who is under a four-year, $72 million contract. Ramon Sessions appears to be the top candidate to waive, and Perry made it clear he will address the roster one way or the other.
"We know that is looming," Perry told The Post's Marc Berman. "We're going to have to address the roster. We've been working through the process for a few weeks. By Sunday at 5 p.m., there'll be a resolution one way or another. Whether it's a trade or waive an individual."
Sessions began the season in the starting lineup, but lost his position to Jarrett Jack as the Knicks began to win games. President Steve Mills gave Sessions his vote of confidence, saying he would be a good veteran leader for Frank Ntilikina. Perry didn't comment on his status with the team specifically, but he commended his professionalism as well.
"I think it would be unfair for me to comment about any guy as it relates to if he's going to be here or not," Perry said. "What I will say about Ramon, Ramon is a true professional. The guy is a pro. He goes about his business the same way every day whether he's playing or not playing. That sets a fine example."
Perry has already made a big deal for the Knicks since joining the team this offseason as the Carmelo Anthony trade has worked out for the Knicks with Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott making a positive impact early this season.
"If you recall, we were going to do something if we felt it was beneficial for both sides, for Carmelo and for us as a basketball team," Perry said. "We made the trade because we believed in the two guys we got back in Kanter and Doug McDermott. Thus far those guys have proven to really come in and fit. They're hard workers, they're pros. They're about the things that we want [for] this team."
The Knicks are 6-4 on the season, but have put together a win streak and showed they can beat good teams like the Cavs. The season, however, is long and Perry knows this team has a lot more to do in the future.
"The biggest thing I'm looking for is consistency of effort each night," Perry said. "That this team will compete and try to defend and play together. We've seen some positive things heading in that direction during this time. But we got a long way to go. We're just barely getting out of the gate. We got to continue improving upon some of the things we showed thus far."